KEN GRIFFIN
  American Organist &
International Recording Artist
1909 - 1956

 28th December 2013 was the 104th anniversary  of Ken's birth.

   

"The Melody Lingers On" 

57 HALF A CENTURY + OF MEMORIES 57

March the 11th 2013 records that it was exactly 56 years since Ken Griffin passed away. Half a century and more on, his music continues to entertain and his memory lives on through these pages and his many devoted
 fans throughout the World. Ken would have been 103. He claimed that he had recorded enough tunes to last a hundred years. We are now past the half a century mark.
While his career was brief and his life ended far
too young, Ken has left behind a legacy of fine music and an organ sound that will forever be known as the ' Griffin Sound.' From just one recording 'You Can't Be True, Dear' Ken's star rocketed him to worldwide fame.
It may not be burning so brightly after all these years but it is far from extinguished and it's afterglow will continue as long as his fans and this web site remain and also as long as people, from any generation, enjoy
music and song that has real melody. Long may Ken's memory, as the old tune says 'Linger On'.
   "62 YEARS" It will be 63 years on the 31st of December 2011 that Ken published You Can't Be True, 28Dear and The
Cuckoo Waltz.
Four early tracks by Ken. The first three demonstrate his early arrangements, while the fourth demonstrates his later Columbia arrangement for the Hammond of Louisianna Serenade compared to the 1954
arrangement for the Wurlitzer Electrostatic organ.

13. 02. 13 . My thanks to Wilfred Hosteland who has n advert by Colmba from Billboard magazine of March 6th 1954 in connection with records by Ken at that time. The printwas  is too smallto read the text but I have
managed to copy and crop Ken's image from the poster and dispay it here. Wilfred hopes to get a copy from Lirary of Congress or from N.Y. Public Library, who we hope will be added later.
It is interesting seeing Ken
introduced as The Wizard Of The Organ, The Miracle Man Of The Organ and now The Wizard of Chicago 56 years after his death "The Wizrd Of Chicago. It seems that Ken's 'Star' is still glowing fondly.

N.B My apolgies for getting this information wrong originally.
 

NEW 2-CD RECORD SET APRIL 2013

15. 02. 13. Bryon Young writes:

Found this CD on Amazon.com available for pre-order––to be released April 16. Hope the transfers are good!

Those I marked (???) are not in your discography or Don Boudreaux's and I am not familiar with the tuneBaby Rocks On (unless they have the wrong title for Happy Birthday Medley from Broadcast Records.

Also Have You Ever Been Lonely, although I know the tune, is not in the discographies, either.

Bill: I suspect that you are correct about Baby Rocks On. Happy Birthday it appeared on this page as a playable mp3 file some while back, along with another less known/used track by Ken, My Life's Story.

I do have a copy of Ken playing Have You Ever Been lonely, which is on a Broadcast  78. The B side is either Do You Ever Think Of Me or My Life's Story, if I have the tracks in successive  order. The reason I have
missed this for theDiscology is that it is on a CD of 78's that was sent to me when this Web Site started and with all the other tracks being  in my 'official' collection it didn't show up when forming the Discology.  I will
put this right once I know the record
it belongs to.

There is nothing new in the CD set but it will be interesting hearing what the tracks sound like and whether they have received any professional remastering.

It is interesting noting that the B&W photo of Ken that I received from Kirby Griffin back in the late 50's, early 60's has been used on the front cover and has received some very nice colouring via a computer graphic
programme.

I couldn't get anywhere with the Amazon link above. I found the CD set by tying in the CD name into Amazon's web site and found that you can only request to be informed when the CD's are ready for sale...

Click on this link: The Wizard Of Chicago CD Set.

 

 DISC ONE BROADCAST RECORDS                         DISC TWO RONDO RECORDS
1. Ballad To A Lovely Lady                                                              1. Yes Sir, That's My Baby
2. Sentimental Journey                                                                    2. College Days Medley
3. Darktown Strutters Ball                                                                  3. Margie
4. Melody In F                                                                                  4. The Donkey Serenade
5. Bummel Petros                                                                             5. The Whistler And His Dog
6. That Naughty Waltz                                                                      6. Tipi-Tin
7. The Griffin Blues                                                                           7. Souviner Waltz
8. Apple Blossom Wedding                                                               8. Twelfth Street Rag
9. Indian Love Call                                                                           9. Heavenly Hawaii

10. Red Wing                                                                                   10. Sentimental Me
11. A Gay Ranchero                                                                         11. Music, Music, Music

12. Oh! Why Did I Kiss That Girl?                                                     12. Stardust
13. Lazy River                                                                                   13. The Wedding Of Lilli Marlene
14. Lili Marlene                                                                                14. Half A Heart
15. Do You Ever Think Of Me?                                                         15. Bautiful Wisconsin
16. St. Louis Blues                                                                            16. Funiuli Funicula
17. Mickey                                                                                         17. Ceilito Lindo
18. Missouri Waltz                                                                             18. Beerbarrel Polka 
19. Blond Sailor                                                                                19. Wabash Blues
20. Hawaiian Echoes                                                                         20. Jumping Beans
21. Glow Worm                                                                                  21. Santa Lucia
22. Every Little Movement                                                                 22. Under A Red Umbrella
23. Barcarolle                                                                                    23. Love Was The Cause Of It All
24. Have You Ever Been Lonely? (???)                                             24. You Didn't Want Me When You Had Me
25. Cuckoo Waltz                                                                                25. Bayadare
26. Baby Rocks On (???)                                                                     26. Your'e My Love Song
27. My Isle Of Golden Dreams                                                            27. Someday You'll Want Me To Want You
28. The Prune Song                                                                           28. Leibestraum
29. You Can't Be True, Dear                                                               29. MIss You

According to Bryon this set has been set-up by Tony Nobbs, who dealt with Jasimine records to produce the ealier CD set but is now dealing with another company. Apparently Jasmine
didn't wish to progress with Ton'ys plans for producing more CD's by Ken. It looks as if the tracks on this latest CD set are from the selectionof  recordings I sent Tony when he first
considered producing new CD's of Ken's records.

INTERNET PIPE & ELECTRIC ORGAN RADIO STATION

Alan Ashton has a very intersting internet radio station going over at Organist's web site. It is a monthly programme changing on the 1st of each month. Alan introduces old and new recordings in a very pleasant manner and his enthusiasm and knowledge comes through. Check this month's programme out at: Organ 1st Radio Alan's July 2008 programme included two tracks from the CD Set, whicht is selling extremely well. In the September 2008 programme Alan introduced our great Ken play-a-like organist Eric Larson and played a couple of his recordings. Be sure to tune in on the 1st of each month. Click on the Organ 1st Radio link, above.

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"Drifting & Dreaming" REXX 334. 2 x CD by Ken will be availabe from the 22nd June 2009. Another 50 great recordings, which I am sure will contain your favourites and possibly a good few tracks that you have never heard before. Click on the photo to go to Organs.co.uk web site for full details. Price: £8.95.

 

 

 

 

 Skate On from Jasmines became a best selling CD's it would be nice if you can all help to possibly make this one by Rexx 334 an even bigger hit.

                                                                 50 GREAT TRACKS on two CD's

 

If you only know Ken from You Can't Be True, Dear and Cuckoo Waltz, this fantastic collection will introduce you to the greater depth of Ken's playing styles and prove what a great organist and musical arranger he was.


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"SKATE ON"  This Best Seller is still available at Jasmine's Store. Click On photo.

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      Hawaiian Magic CD available  (Click here) 

 

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Latest News (Click to go to News Page)

30.01.14. Six new photos of Ken added to the Home Page (Above).

11.12.13. David Cross who is an Austrailan organst has been aded to the Organists famour in their own countries & Internationally
                page. As this page was imbedded within Frank Pugno's Electrnic Organs pages I have moved this page to it's own link 45
                on the Home Page.

18. 10. 13  It is with great sadness to report that Frank Pugno died on the 12th September 2013. Frank became a very dear friend and it
                  was a great pleasure to meet him during and over the periods I was in Chicago for the Ken dedication shows. We also shared
                  a number of years exchanging emails and chatting on the phone. I shall miss him and I know that his many friends will also.

I have added a page by way of dedication, which you will find at page 44 on the Home Page. I will be pleased to add any comments that you or any members of his family wish to email me.

29.05.13 Fresh photos Of Ken at the Wurlitzer Electrostatic organ (Link 23) below

13. 02. 13. Fresh Photo Of Ken At The Organ

15. 02. 13. New 2-CD Set Available On Pre-Sale from Amazon.

14. 06. 2012 Rondo "The Griffin Years" 14th June 2012 By Bryon Young. (Link 43.)

15. 02. 2011 You Can't Be True, Dear and Love In Bloom mp3 tracks from the Spike Jones Show 1949 (Link 18)

22. 11. 11 N.B. New contact address. See bottom of page.

16. 08. 11 Royce (Doc) Brown. Bob Potts made contact with Royce and learned some news. Link 42.
                   Ken Griffin Compositions. This mp3 page has been made permanent at link 41

13. 08. 10 Discology updated. Most Columbia 78's added, including date of publication. Link 26. My thanks to Bryon Young for the link
                  to the web site showing Columbia recordings. Bryon's page has been updated to show this list and link, at Link 39. You may
                   find this of interest for other Columbia artists.
                 

N.B. Link 28 is a blank link due to work not yet beings started on the Album photo collection. 


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1. History (About myself and the record collection)

 2. Obituaries  (Updated 28. 02. 13)      

3. 78rpm collection (11. 11. 07 One 78 added)

4. Extended play Includes cover pictures.

 5. 10" LP collection   (5b LP Cover Text)
 10th 2005
 One LP added. 

6. 12" LP collection Page One(6b LP Cover Text)
    12" LP collection Page Two 

    12" LP collection Page Three
(11th Nov. 2007
                                                           One LP added)

7. Ken's CD Collection (New 06. 06. 08)

8. Radio Transcriptions

9. 67 Melody Lane TV Series
(Link to 9b)
Video Clips for your media player. (Update May 2013)

9b. Picture Gallery (New October 2003)


10. Guitarists Who Accompanied Ken (Update 26.03.03)

11. Vocalists on Ken's records (Update 12.07.03)

12. Ken on a Pipe Organ 'resolved'!

13. A Letter By Ken & Signed Photograph

14. The Ken Griffin Dedication Show Reports
      
2002-2009. With photographs. 

15. Visit to To Sanfilippo Estate (Update November 2006)  

16. Joe Negri & Johnny Costa News
20. 06. 04. Corrections and updated text to Johnny's information. 
25.08. 08. Additional internet links added.

17. Marjorie Meinert   1921 - 2009 (Link 36).

 

18. Ken On Spike Jones Radio Show (Updated 13.03.04)

19. 1942 Postcard Photo of Ken (New 29th June 2004)

20. Ken Master Pressings (26.01.06)

21. Little Prayers For Little People (MP3's)

22. Earlier Web Site Communications

23. Ken (Family Photo) (New October 2004.  Update 29.5.13)

 

 

24. Kirby Griffin (Update 23. 06. 05)

25. Visits to Ken's graveside + 50th Anniversary
Service, including response
 
(Update Nov. 2006)

26 Ken Griffin Discography Last update 20th July 2009.

27 Ken Griffin Record Covers.

28. Ken Griffin Record Labels (W.I.P.)

29.  Hear Ken play plus the incredible 'play-a-like'
       
Eric Larson

30. The Conn Organ (Re-write 24. 08. 05)
      By Frank Pugno

31. The Wurlitzer ES Organ.  
       By Eric Larson (Complete re-write Oct. 2002)

32. The Hammond Organ.
    By Eric Larson (Complete re-write Oct. 2002)

33. Ken's Mother-of-Pearle Hammond AV
      
By Eric Larson (Complete re-write Oct. 2002)

34. Ken's Special Effects  
       By Eric Larson ( 03.05.02)

35. Sally's Page (New February 2003)

36. Electronic Organs (Pages by the late Frank Pugno)

37 Wilfred Hosteland's Page (Update 23rd Feb. 2003)
(Comments from people who knew or attended Ken's  shows)

38. Danish & English Organ Web Site. (N.B. New Web Site
                                             & URL) 
By Johs Wienberg-Larsen.

39. Bryon Young's Pages (Update 13th Aug. 2010)

40. Phil Gunsul Commemoration (24th Dec 2005)

41 Ken Griffin Compositions (mp3)

42. Royce (Doc) Swain. (16th August 2011)

43. Rondo "The Griffin Years" 14th June 2012
 
     By Bryon Young.  14.06.2012

44. Frank Pugno Dedication

45. Organist Famous in their own countries. Update: David Cross
                                                 Australian organist added. Nov. 2013.

46. Wilfred's Newsclips and Photos (New April 2014)

 

 

 

N.B. New Internet Address
Contact me at
reidcrcwdr@talktalk.net
Back to www.theatreorgans.com

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Eric Larson At The Organ (mp3's)

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